Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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King of Terrors מלך בלהות
(1,012 words)

I. Name

The Designation ‘King of Terrors’ (mlk blhwt) occurs only once in the OT, in Job 18.14. Some commentators describe the term ‘King of Terrors’ as a metaphorical expression with some mythological background that was common in the ancient world; compare rex tremendus in Virgil, Georgics 4.469 (Fohrer 1988:304).

II. Identity

Attempts at identifying the ‘King of Terrors’ with ancient Near Eastern deities of the underworld remain doubtful. According to Irwin, Job 18.14 is an allusion to the rule of …

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U. Rüterswörden, “King of Terrors מלך בלהות”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Kingofterrors>

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